[ pawrt-man-toh, pohrt-; pawrt-man-toh, pohrt- ]
/ pɔrtˈmæn toʊ, poʊrt-; ˌpɔrt mænˈtoʊ, ˌpoʊrt- /
noun, plural port·man·teaus, port·man·teaux [pawrt-man-tohz, -toh, pohrt-; pawrt-man-tohz, -toh, pohrt-] /pɔrtˈmæn toʊz, -toʊ, poʊrt-; ˌpɔrt mænˈtoʊz, -ˈtoʊ, ˌpoʊrt-/. Chiefly British.
a case or bag to carry clothing in while traveling, especially a leather trunk or suitcase that opens into two halves.
Also called portmanteau word. Linguistics. blend(def 10).
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Words nearby portmanteau
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British Dictionary definitions for portmanteau word (1 of 2)
another name for blend (def. 7)
Word Origin for portmanteau word
C19: from the idea that two meanings are packed into one word
British Dictionary definitions for portmanteau word (2 of 2)
/ (pɔːtˈmæntəʊ) /
noun plural -teaus or -teaux (-təʊz)
(formerly) a large travelling case made of stiff leather, esp one hinged at the back so as to open out into two compartments
(modifier) embodying several uses or qualitiesthe heroine is a portmanteau figure of all the virtues
Word Origin for portmanteau
C16: from French: cloak carrier, from porter to carry + manteau cloak, mantle
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